An aerial view of the work site where Downer and Army engineers are preparing the Bailey bridge replacement for the washed-out State Highway 6 bridge at Franz Josef. Supplied/DOWNER.

Westland District mayor Bruce Smith isn’t buying suggestions that productive farmland at Franz Josef should be abandoned to the flood-prone Waiho River.

 
Nathan Guy.

Farmers want policy certainty and are petrified about “kneejerk popular politics” similar to what the Government did with the oil and gas industry, says National agriculture spokesman Nathan Guy.

E350 chair Ken Hames says the project will make a significant difference to the Northland economy.

Extension 350 will make a significant difference to the Northland economy over time, says chairman and Northland farmer Ken Hames.

 
 
Rabobank chair Weibe Draijer addressing the “Farm 2 Fork” conference.

Changing to a more sustainable method of farming will be “in the money” in the long term, but the transition years are uncertain for a traditional farmer, says Weibe Draijer, chairman of Rabobank’s managing board.

Damien O’Connor.

The reform of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA) need not be radical but there will be some changes, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has indicated.

Many heed call for banking reform

Support is growing from farmers all around New Zealand for a petition currently before Parliament for a select committee inquiry into banks’ conduct.

Dr John Roche.

A wicked problem: that’s how the chief science advisor to the Ministry for Primary Industries describes the issue of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as they affect agriculture.

Fodder beet was a standout, although its impact on methane emissions was less dramatic and consistent.

Can changing what New Zealand livestock eat reduce the country’s emissions of methane and nitrous oxide?

Farmers are unsure about what they can and should do to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, says the director of the NZ Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Centre.

DairyNZ Farmers’ Forums start this week with dairy’s future and opportunities heading the agenda.

Tax implications for farmers receiving big Mycoplasma bovis compensation payments is one of the issues farmers are raising in meetings now underway NZ-wide.

Lamb prices have held up at much stronger levels than expected, says ANZ’s agricultural economist Susan Kilsby.

Ag Minister Damien O’Connor has warned farmers that if they don’t take account of climate change in their production systems they could be jeopardising access to major markets.

A field day at historic Gwavas Station, Tikokino in Central Hawke’s Bay this week attracted a good crowd of people keen to see why this property is a finalist in this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy for excellence in Māori sheep and beef farming.

 

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